When performing electrical troubleshooting at Gemini North telescope facility on Wednesday, February 26, one of our electrical specialists accidentally contacted a powered circuit and received an electrical shock. He was evacuated and evaluated at the nearest medical facility, and he has been released and advised that he could go back to work.
After a very involved repair to a drive unit for the shutter of the Gemini North dome, Gemini North is back on the sky for regular science operations. See more at: www.gemini.edu/node/12160 .
The repairs to the shutter drive unit on the exterior of the Gemini North dome appear to be reaching the home stretch with a plan to reinstall the repaired drive unit on Monday, February 10th and be back on the sky on February 12th. As always, this is assuming the weather allows the work to progress as planned and no further complications occur.
As the US government goes into its second week of shutdown, Gemini Observatory remains solvent with operational funds secure until at least the end of October. Beyond that timeframe we are actively pursuing, and are confident that we will identify, alternate methods to assure sufficient operational funding to continue all functions of the observatory until the government shutdown is resolved.